It's been a while since I've put together a mix CD, and this is the first I am really posting publicly. Usually I make them for a specific person, like a birthday mix or a you-need-to-hear-this mix. This one was inspired by Jenn's mission to get people to make and share Autumn mixes, and initially it was an Autumn mix, but a) it's taken me so long to finalize it, and b) it's not strictly “Autumn-ish” (though many songs would fit). It's more of a “good to be alive” mix, I guess? This weekend when I decided to finally finish and post it, I was thinking about that theme and “Happy Thanksgiving” greetings – and came up with the name pretty quickly. Living Day obviously is not a holiday, but it is everyday, so I hope you are having a good one.
Please download (100MB) and enjoy. Leave a comment to let me know what you think.
01: “We Will Be Disappointed Together” – The Myriad
A melancholy start to a “happy” mix? I find this very passionate and moving (particularly live), shifting between desperation and hope. Making you feel happy isn't the intent.
02: “Cityscape” – Paper Route
This reminds me of winter for some reason, and inspiration to live life fully. Don't sleep your life away.
03: “Silent Sigh” – Badly Drawn Boy
I just love this; a great pop song.
04: “So Alive” – Pristina
The title of this one speaks for itself.
05: “The Center of the Universe” – Viva Voce
A dreamy rock tune. What's the center of your universe?
06: “We Are All Made of Stars” – Moby
We're all human.
07: “This Shameless Moment” – Saxon Shore
Music without words can still say a lot.
08: “Passenger Seat” – Death Cab for Cutie
The comfort of having someone there.
09: “Hey Ya (acoustic)” – Mat Weddle
Take a really catchy pop song, cross it with indie-fresh acoustic guitar, and you probably can't stop listening to it. I can't. Shake, shake shake. Shake it like a Polaroid picture.
10: “Secret Heart” – Feist
Whimsical. Not to be confused with “magical” or “fanciful”.
11: “Here It Goes” – Jimmy Eat World
12: “A Sight to Behold” – Eisley
Epic. Possibilities are everywhere.
13: “Parallel Universe” – Leiahdorus
I don't know, I enjoy some good synthpop and this song just fit.
14: “For Me This Is Heaven” – The Ransom Notes
Brilliant a cappella cover of Jimmy Eat World. I almost enjoy it more than the original, which is saying a lot. Can you still feel the butterflies?
15: “One Thousand Years” – The Violet Burning
Longing for a home.
16 & 17: “Daybreak” / “The Story of Our Lives” – The Echoing Green
One of my favorite songs ever. If you've received an email from me in the past few years, you've seen the lyric in my signature. Our hearts are burning bright, as we're lifted out of nowhere. Our songs all stay behind to sing the story of our lives.